Maintenance and security
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance
The National Association of Allotment Holders has issued the following advice to tenants:
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly.
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- Observe 'Social Distancing' with each other (2-3 meters).
- Do not share tools
- Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- Do not wash your hands in water troughs
- We recommend that all communal facilities are closed.
- Get government guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.
- If you have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock. Based on what is happening in other countries you may eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
- Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time
- Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
- If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until your symptoms have passed.
All sites have gates that are locked with a padlock. Tenants are issued with a key.
Regular site inspections are carried out at each allotment site to ensure plots are being cultivated properly. A maximum of two letters will be sent to plot holders in the event of non cultivation.
If the issue is not resolved, the tenancy will be terminated.
Most sites have got a Site Secretary and you can find out what their role is in the Roles of the Site Secretary (.pdf 25Kb)
The Council's Grounds Maintenance contractors are responsible for maintaining the main paths/hedges at all allotment sites.
Hastings St Leonards Allotments Federation
The Federation was formed by a number of Allotment Site Secretaries in August 1998 to act as a lobbying force for all allotment gardeners in the Borough.
This group is independent of the Council and meets to discuss improvements, the future of allotments and allotment policy.